program

FILMS

My Dear Spies

Dragii mei spioni

74 films in 13 categories
Vladimir Léon
France, Russia
134'


2020
Photo Film

V.O.

French, Russian

subtitles

English, Romanian


Original Title

Mes chers espions

CATEGORY

WHEN THE TANKS CRY FOR US

program

• 13 June, 19:30, CINEMA ELVIRE POPESCO INSTITUTUL FRANCEZ

The film will be screened in the presence of: Vladimir Léon


Vladimir Léon
BBorn in Moscow in 1969, Vladimir Léon has directed several documentaries (Nissim aka Max, The Comintern Brahmin, Farewell Radiator Street The Polyhedron and the Elephant, My Dear Spies), as well as fiction films (Far from the Front, The Angels of Portbou). In 2008 he founded the production company Les Films de la Liberté, and started producing both fiction and documentary films for directors such as Julie Desprairies, Serge Bozon, Véronique Aubouy, Pierre Léon, Arnold Pasquier. He is also an actor.

synopsis

A bizarre family inheritance: some mysterious documents, an apparently innocuous diary, and, slowly, slowly, doubt creeps in. One day Vladimir and Pierre Léon confront the unsuspected possibility that their grandparents may have been Soviet spies sent to Paris during the Cold War, and their curiosity leads them to go on a journey full of surprises into the heart of Russia, with all its carefully guarded secrets. The Léon brothers embark on a road movie which is simultaneously intimate and full of adventure, as they come upon all sorts of new leads at every step, leads which, instead of bringing them closer to having the family secrets revealed, only throws them back in time, back in the days when a cardboard suitcase could hold a whole world within it. The conclusions of their investigation crash into each other, they are ambiguous and permanently open to other interpretations, yet the only certainty that remains is the past which defends its mysteries at all costs, deceiving us with glimpses of understanding which last only for a second. Today’s Russia is a treasury full of vestiges from various eras and regimes, intertwined to such a degree that there’s nothing but confusion left, and kept religiously in the glass cases of a dusted museum. (Andreea Chiper)

awards and festivals

Mar del Plata Film Festival 2020 - Altered States Competition Prize
Cinéma du Réel 2020
Doclisboa International Film Festival 2020
Valdivia International Film Festival 2020
États généraux du film documentaire 2020
Images en bibliothèques 2020
FICUNAM 2021

distributor

SaNoSi Productions

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